At some point in your life, you’ve no doubt met a dog named Coco, Hershey or Mocha.
They were probably brown dogs that fit the name entirely. But what about the dog name Chai?
Can you form a mental image of a dog with this name? Maybe not.
It is easy to see how people choose a food name based on the color of their dog’s hair.
Even the texture of the fur can suggest an appropriate name. Consider a white, fluffy dog.
What could be cuter than marshmallow, cream puff or Meringue? So why chose a food name for your dog?
The owner craves or
loves a particular food. Are you a
chocolate lover or perhaps your favorite type of cheese is Brie?
The dog finds the
food irresistible. Does that new puppy
love Cheerios, Crackers or Bacon?
Children name the puppy. Often, children are
given the responsibility for naming the new dog. Expect a name such as licorice or skittle in
this situation. If the whole family has
a voice in the decision, they may decide to go with the food or drink the
entire family enjoys. One family I know
chose the name Chai because that was the whole family’s favorite tea.
The owner’s emotions about
a food spill out onto the dog. What
types of food make you happy? What blissful
childhood memories were associated with food?
Often bringing home a new puppy brings back all those joyful feelings. Perhaps you remember your grandma’s home made
biscuits, cookies, or pastries and decide your new puppy should be named Biscuit.
If the dog comes home
around a major holiday, the choice of names might be influenced by a food
associated with it. Consider Jellybean
for an Easter puppy, Pumpkin for a fall holiday, or Cinnamon for Valentine’s
The dog’s appearance
in some way reminds the owner of the type of food. Consider Snickers for a
brown dog, Oreo for a black and white dog, Blueberry if the dog has blue
coloration and Custard for a light colored dog.
A person’s mood or state
of mind influences the decision to choose a dog name based on food
My state of mind influenced a litter of puppy names...
After a long night of labor, my female Shih Tzu finally gave birth to six puppies, all brown and black. As usual, I wanted to give each a name so I could keep them straight in my mind.
It was now 5:30 in the morning and I hadn’t slept much since midnight. I was exhausted. Can you guess what names I gave to the puppies?
They were Mocha, Latte, Pepsi, Coffee, Coco, and Cappuccino.
Their appearance probably had something to do with it, but my state of mind had the greatest influence on the name choices.
No matter what choice you make, be sure the name is something that is easy to say and can be paired with commands when training begins.
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